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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Reference ID: DFW312741

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW312741
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Coastal Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Shellfish
Rule to Change:
Allocation and seasons for Puget Sound Spot Shrimp.
New Rule Proposal:
This request is for the WDFW to create and present a comprehensive report on the Puget Sound Spot Shrimp fishery to the Commission and public.
Why the change is needed:
This report should include a stock analysis, allocation breakdown, historical data, user history, allocation enforcement measures, and department position on current allocation recommendations. This report is intended to inform the commission and public in continuing effort to correct allocation distribution of the resource so that it can be enjoyed and utilized by recreational sports fishermen. The current seasons and days are completely unexceptable for recreation users, it's time to return this resource to the people of the state of Washington.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
The commission has expressed that this issue will be a priority this year and this request is in line with that process.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
This issue has not been reveiwed for 12 years.

Date submitted: 04/26/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW312741

Thank you for this request. We will pass this request on to our spot shrimp biologists and managers. This request is not a rule and so cannot be considered as part of the sport rule process. Please also know that the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is currently reviewing and updating the Puget Sound shrimp policy and will be evaluating the recreational season design through this process.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

DURKIN, RICHARD A  December 16, 2012
I attend the meeting Dec 15 where a proposal for recreational spot shrimp has been accepted. My interest is Hood canal, in the past the hours of harvest have been 9:00-1:00 which for many have caused a lot of problems. Congestion at the launches and in the water. With such a small window there also a safety issue. Because of the small window, most have to wait to get out of the water because of the tides, sometimes up to several hours. With the afternoon winds on the canal and the tides this creates a more congestion and safety problems. Thank you Rick